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    Yankees vs. Rays score: Live updates from AL wild-card race; Red Sox, Mariners tied for final wild card spot – CBS sports.com

    While the Rays have already clinched the AL East title and secured home-field advantage throughout the AL bracket, the Yankees are still in high-stakes mode. As such, Friday night’s clash between these two divisional rivals in the Bronx is very much on our radar. 

    That’s because of the current state of the AL wild-card race. Here’s a look at those standings coming into Friday’s slate: 

    AL wild-card standings

    1. Yankees: 91-68 (+2 G)
    2. Red Sox: 89-70 —
    3. Mariners: 89-70 —
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    4. Blue Jays: 88-71 (1 GB)

    As you can see, the Yankees are two games clear of the Red Sox and Mariners, who are tied for the second and final spot. The Blue Jays, meantime, are one game out of playoff position with three to play. As for the Yankees, they can clinch a fifth straight postseason berth with win over the Rays on Friday in tandem with a loss by the Red Sox or a loss by the Mariners. To hold up their end of that bargain, the Yankees will start Nestor Cortes (2.85 ERA in 88 1/3 IP) opposite Tampa Bay rookie Shane McClanahan (3.44 ERA in 120 1/3 IP).  

    Key AL wild-card games, scores

    Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
    Red Sox at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
    Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
    Angels at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)

    Follow along below for live updates, scores, highlights and analysis from Friday night in the AL wild-card race.

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